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JCW The Full Story: Kris the Cat by Ross Hewitt (Online)

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This children's picture book (with illustrations by Arnel T. Dime, Jr.) is adapted from Ross's short animated film of the same name. Inspired by an Icelandic folktale, the Queenโ€™s cat ends up on an adventure in the countryside, where he experiences new things, and falls in love.

๐˜›๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜๐˜ถ๐˜ญ๐˜ญ ๐˜š๐˜ต๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜บ ๐˜ช๐˜ด ๐˜ข ๐˜ธ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ธ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ฌ๐˜ด๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฑ ๐˜ด๐˜ช๐˜ฎ๐˜ช๐˜ญ๐˜ข๐˜ณ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ข ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฌ ๐˜ค๐˜ญ๐˜ถ๐˜ฃ. ๐˜Œ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ธ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ ๐˜ค๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฐ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ๐˜ด ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜ข๐˜ฅ๐˜ท๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ค๐˜ฆ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ฅ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ "๐˜ฃ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฌ"โ€”๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ด ๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ด๐˜ฆ, ๐˜ข ๐˜‘๐˜Š๐˜ž ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ'๐˜ด ๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฑ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ถ๐˜ด๐˜ค๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ฑ๐˜ตโ€”๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฆ๐˜ต๐˜ด ๐˜ง๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ ๐˜ข ๐˜ง๐˜ฆ๐˜ธ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜ด ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ฅ๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ค๐˜ถ๐˜ด๐˜ด ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ค๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฒ๐˜ถ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ช๐˜ต. ๐˜›๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฅ๐˜ช๐˜ง๐˜ง๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ค๐˜ฆ๐˜ด ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ต ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ถ๐˜ด๐˜ค๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ฑ๐˜ต ๐˜ช๐˜ด ๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ญ๐˜ญ ๐˜ข ๐˜ฅ๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ง๐˜ต, ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ธ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ ๐˜จ๐˜ฆ๐˜ต๐˜ด ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ข ๐˜ง๐˜ญ๐˜บ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ธ๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ญ ๐˜ฅ๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฐ๐˜ด๐˜ต ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฆ๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜บ ๐˜ข๐˜ด๐˜ฌ ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ด๐˜ธ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ ๐˜ฒ๐˜ถ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ด ๐˜ข๐˜ต ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ.

๐˜›๐˜ฐ ๐˜ณ๐˜ด๐˜ท๐˜ฑ ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ค๐˜ฆ๐˜ช๐˜ท๐˜ฆ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ถ๐˜ด๐˜ค๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ฑ๐˜ต (๐˜•๐˜–๐˜›๐˜Œ: ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ด ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ท๐˜ฐ๐˜ญ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ด ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ฅ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฑ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ๐˜ต๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ถ๐˜ด๐˜ค๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ฑ๐˜ต ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ๐˜ง๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฆ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ต), ๐˜ฑ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ด๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜ช๐˜ญ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ง๐˜ถ๐˜ญ๐˜ญ๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜บ@๐˜ซ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ๐˜บ๐˜ค๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜บ๐˜ธ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ด.๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ. ๐˜•๐˜ฐ๐˜ต๐˜ฆ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ต ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ช๐˜ด ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ ๐˜ณ๐˜ด๐˜ท๐˜ฑ ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ฅ๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ง๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฆ๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ๐˜ด.

JCW Monday Morning Motivation (Online)

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๐—”๐—ฏ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐˜ ๐— ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฑ๐—ฎ๐˜† ๐— ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ป๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐— ๐—ผ๐˜๐—ถ๐˜ƒ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป:

๐–ธ๐—ˆ๐—Ž๐—‹ ๐–ป๐—ˆ๐–ฝ๐—’ ๐–บ๐—‡๐–ฝ ๐—†๐—‚๐—‡๐–ฝ ๐–บ๐—‹๐–พ ๐—’๐—ˆ๐—Ž๐—‹ ๐—†๐—ˆ๐—Œ๐— ๐–พ๐—Œ๐—Œ๐–พ๐—‡๐—๐—‚๐–บ๐—… ๐—๐—ˆ๐—‹๐—„ ๐—Œ๐—‰๐–บ๐–ผ๐–พ๐—Œ. ๐–ฒ๐—๐–บ๐—‹๐— ๐—๐—๐–พ ๐—๐–พ๐–พ๐—„ ๐—๐—‚๐—๐— ๐—๐—๐—‚๐—Œ ๐Ÿจ5-๐—†๐—‚๐—‡๐—Ž๐—๐–พ ๐—๐—ˆ๐—‹๐—„๐—Œ๐—๐—ˆ๐—‰ ๐—๐—๐–บ๐— ๐—€๐–พ๐—s ๐—’๐—ˆ๐—Ž๐—‹ ๐—‰๐—๐—’๐—Œ๐—‚๐–ผ๐–บ๐—… ๐–บ๐—‡๐–ฝ ๐—†๐–พ๐—‡๐—๐–บ๐—… ๐—†๐—Ž๐—Œ๐–ผ๐—…๐–พ๐—Œ ๐—†๐—ˆ๐—๐—‚๐—‡๐—€.

7:00 โ€ข login, ๐—€๐—‹๐–พ๐–พ๐—๐—‚๐—‡๐—€๐—Œ
7:15 โ€ข ๐—†๐—ˆ๐—๐–พ๐—†๐–พ๐—‡๐— ๐–บ๐—‡๐–ฝ ๐—Œ๐—๐—‹๐–พ๐—๐–ผ๐—๐—‚๐—‡๐—€
7:35 โ€ข ๐Ÿฅ๐Ÿข-๐—†๐—‚๐—‡๐—Ž๐—๐–พ ๐—Œ๐—‚๐—…๐–พ๐—‡๐— ๐—๐—‹๐—‚๐—๐—‚๐—‡๐—€ ๐—Œ๐—‰๐—‹๐—‚๐—‡๐—
8:05 โ€ข done!

โ€ข ๐–ญ๐—ˆ ๐—Œ๐—‰๐–พ๐–ผ๐—‚๐–บ๐—… ๐–พ๐—Š๐—Ž๐—‚๐—‰๐—†๐–พ๐—‡๐— ๐—ˆ๐—‹ ๐–ผ๐—…๐—ˆ๐—๐—๐—‚๐—‡๐—€ ๐—‚๐—Œ ๐—‡๐–พ๐–พ๐–ฝ๐–พ๐–ฝ ๐–ฟ๐—ˆ๐—‹ ๐—๐—๐–พ ๐—€๐–พ๐—‡๐—๐—…๐–พ ๐—†๐—ˆ๐—๐–พ๐—†๐–พ๐—‡๐— ๐–บ๐—‡๐–ฝ ๐—Œ๐—๐—‹๐–พ๐—๐–ผ๐—๐—‚๐—‡๐—€.
โ€ข ๐–ญ๐—ˆ ๐—๐–บ๐—…๐—„๐—‚๐—‡๐—€ ๐–ฝ๐—Ž๐—‹๐—‚๐—‡๐—€ ๐—๐—๐–พ ๐Ÿฅ๐Ÿข-๐—†๐—‚๐—‡๐—Ž๐—๐–พ ๐—Œ๐—‰๐—‹๐—‚๐—‡๐—.
โ€ข ๐–ฏ๐–บ๐—‹๐—๐—‚๐–ผ๐—‚๐—‰๐–บ๐—‡๐—๐—Œ ๐—๐—‚๐—…๐—… ๐–ป๐–พ ๐—†๐—Ž๐—๐–พ๐–ฝ ๐—๐—ˆ ๐—†๐—‚๐—‡๐—‚๐—†๐—‚๐—“๐–พ ๐–ป๐–บ๐–ผ๐—„๐—€๐—‹๐—ˆ๐—Ž๐—‡๐–ฝ ๐—‡๐—ˆ๐—‚๐—Œ๐–พ.
โ€ข ๐–ฅ๐–พ๐–พ๐—… ๐–ฟ๐—‹๐–พ๐–พ ๐—๐—ˆ ๐—Ž๐—Œ๐–พ ๐—๐—๐–พ ๐—๐–พ๐—‘๐— ๐–ฟ๐–พ๐–บ๐—๐—Ž๐—‹๐–พ ๐–บ๐—‡๐—’๐—๐—‚๐—†๐–พ.
โ€ข ๐–ฏ๐—…๐–พ๐–บ๐—Œ๐–พ ๐–บ๐—‹๐—‹๐—‚๐—๐–พ ๐—ˆ๐—‡ ๐—๐—‚๐—†๐–พ.
โ€ข ๐–จ๐–ฟ ๐—’๐—ˆ๐—Ž ๐—†๐—Ž๐—Œ๐— ๐—…๐–พ๐–บ๐—๐–พ ๐–พ๐–บ๐—‹๐—…๐—’, ๐—‰๐—…๐–พ๐–บ๐—Œ๐–พ ๐—€๐—ˆ ๐—‚๐—‡ ๐—Œ๐—‚๐—…๐–พ๐—‡๐–ผ๐–พ; ๐—’๐—ˆ๐—Ž ๐—†๐–บ๐—’ ๐—Œ๐–บ๐—’ ๐—€๐—ˆ๐—ˆ๐–ฝ๐–ป๐—’๐–พ ๐—๐—‚๐–บ ๐—๐—๐–พ ๐—๐–พ๐—‘๐— ๐–ฟ๐–พ๐–บ๐—๐—Ž๐—‹๐–พ.

Nancy Mรฉndez-Booth is a Jersey City-based writer/editor, educator, and performer. Her work has appeared in print and online, including Poets & Writers and Salon, and she has performed at venues including Cornelia Street Cafe and The Moth. (Select performances can be viewed on YouTube.) Nancy's athletic experience includes a 20+ year yoga practice, eight-time marathon finisher, collegiate rower, cycling, and swimming. Follow her on social media (@nmenbooth Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn; Nancy Mendez-Booth Facebook author page), visit nancymendezbooth.com, and contact her at [masked] for information on academic tutoring, writing coaching, workshops and presentations, and writing/editing services.

๐‰๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ๐ž๐ฒ ๐‚๐ข๐ญ๐ฒ ๐–๐ซ๐ข๐ญ๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ is a community where writers interact to develop and explore their craft. JCWโ€™s programming -- now 100% online -- includes dozens of monthly events such as workshops, writing marathons, and live readings. To learn more about the JCW community, drop us a line at [masked] so you can receive ๐‘บ๐‘ฏ๐‘ถ๐‘น๐‘ป๐‘ฏ๐‘จ๐‘ต๐‘ซ, our weekly newsletter.

JCW Writing Workshop (In-Person)

135 Erie St

At the in-person JCW workshop, we read the submitted work aloud then give the writer constructive feedback. We would LOVE it if you would read the pieces in advance and prep your notes.

Keep your eye on your inbox. We will send an email when the workshop pieces are in the folder.

Link for JCW Tuesdays drive folder:
https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/15mMmCKFv3pWNiY_W3p4WYdKGpn-SXn8M?usp=sharing

Please note: This is a restricted folder. To get access either ask for it when you click the link above OR email [masked].

Thank you!

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES
โ€ข You must sign up for Writers Workshop in advance.
โ€ข You must be an active JCW member to be scheduled.

Monthly Schedule for Tuesday:
1st Tuesday of the Month: JCW Short Story Salon. We give the salon treatment to a famous, not-so-famous, or even notorious short work of fiction every month.
2nd Tuesday of the Month: Writersโ€™ Workshop. Constructive criticism of unpublished work from JCW members. MUST SUBMIT IN ADVANCE.
3rd Tuesday of the Month: Trope or Choke. Constrained writing at its quirkiest.
4th Tuesday of the Month: Writersโ€™ Workshop. Constructive criticism of unpublished work from JCW members. MUST SUBMIT IN ADVANCE.

JCW Plums Poetry (Online)

Online event

Calling all poets!

This workshop begins with critiques of two poems, each by an author who signed up ahead of time. The workshop ends, if time permits, with a 10-15 minute writing prompt (an idea to incorporate into a poem written on the spot).

Please note that if you have never attended Jersey Plums before, you must attend at least once before you may schedule a poem for critique. To get on the schedule, please speak to a moderator at the workshop.

While critiquing poems, we will mind our Pโ€™s and Qโ€™s by first discussing what works in the poem, and then asking questions for clarity, understanding, and figuring out how the poem can be stronger or improved. This helps to keep the feedback positive and constructive.

Please reach out to David, the event organizer, on meetup if you have questions.

NOTE: The workshop begins with an explicit framing of expectations about how to participate in the workshop. New members will not be admitted after the opening of the workshop has concluded, so please be prompt.

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JCW Writing Workshop (In-Person & Online)

135 Erie St